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State Auditor Tim Keller Launches Statewide “Rape Kit” Backlog

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Audit Aims to identify causes of statewide backlog

SANTA FE – New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced May 5 that the Office of the State Auditor is conducting a statewide audit of the inventory of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly referred to as “rape kits.”

The OSA will survey all law...

San Juan County AG takes lead on Muñoz petition investigation

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Adams, Muñoz, Johnson engaged in District 4 state Senate race

Kurtis Donisthorpe, the assistant district attorney in San Juan County, told Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, in an April 5 memorandum that “…the Office of the District Attorney has received your request for an investigation regarding potential voter fraud. At this time, our office will begin our investigation into the authenticity of the signatures and upon finding good cause will ask the McKinley County Clerk’s Office to make a determination regarding the signatures’ authenticity. If they are determined to be false, we will ask law enforcement to begin a criminal investigation. If probable cause exists to...

Jeff reinstated; incumbent Shendo says ‘race is on’

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SANTA FE – Former State Representative Sandra Jeff is back on the 2016 legislative ballot for the District 22 seat in the New Mexico Senate.

Jeff, a Democrat from Crownpoint, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, reached a deal with the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday that required her to pay a $100 fine. Jeff was disqualified in late March for violating the state’s Campaign Reporting Act. Reportedly, she failed to pay upwards of $1,050 stemming from matters over the past two years.

“They had no legal authority to do this,” Jeff’s attorney, Zach Cook, said April 5 after a hearing in Santa Fe District Court.

Jeff argued in court papers that Secretary of State Brad...

NM Senate candidate Adams investigated for ‘questionable’ campaign signatures

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Request by Muñoz surpasses deadline

Incumbent New Mexico Senator George Muñoz said April 6 that he’ll wait and see what the district attorneys from McKinley, Cibola and San Juan counties plan to do regarding some “questionable” signatures” on the nominating petitions of District 4 challenger Felisha Adams of Iyanbito –on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.

Muñoz said a few weeks ago that he hired Judith Housley of Edgewood, a certified documents examiner, to go through the signatures gathered by Adams for the Senate run.

“That’s when something was found that didn’t appear to be above water,” Muñoz said.

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Bitcoins, marijuana and Kanye West: A look at the Libertarian candidates

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Gadfly politicians, offensive soundbites and mind-numbing personal attacks are dominating media coverage of the presidential race this election season. And it’s not  just in the Republican and Democratic races.

Former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is hoping to capitalize on the negative tones of the Democratic and Republican primaries and legitimize his third party candidacy to voters disgusted with the two-party system this fall. But first he must beat a crop of candidates, some of whom who are more eccentric than a Trump, Sanders, Cruz or Carson could ever dream of being.

Currently 15 candidates are vying for a nomination from the Libertarian Party, all pushing for...

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